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Free Thinking

Exploring America’s Food Deserts

What's a "food desert?" Yesterday, we set out to find one...right here in the land of plenty. More on that below, but first... Passing through the U.S. is always a treat for your Australian-born

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Harnessing Technology to Simplify Your Life

Today, we wave adios to our sometimes-home down here in the Paris of the South. Or at least we say, hasta la proxima vez (until next time). We're readying to embark on a little jaunt to the Old

Free Thinking

The System Standing Between You and Happiness

More money than you could spend... Unlimited frequent flier miles... A partner that's "out-of-your-league" attractive... The blissful unawareness of youth... We were thinking about true

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From Your First Year to Your Last, Independence Takes Many Forms

On the weekend we threw a party. Guests were invited to sing, dance, and make merry. Which they did...until the guest of honor passed out. In her defense, this was the first birthday party she'd

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Drifters, Hobos, Rolling Stones

“Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man, Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can. And when it’s time for leavin’, I hope you’ll understand, That

Free Thinking

Wasting Ink on Donald Trump and the Political Cage Fight

This morning, we woke with a startle. We rushed to the bedroom shutters to see what helter-skelter might be afoot on the streets below. Surveying the scene, we noticed the sun rising from the

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Lenin, Fatherland, and the Makeup of a Nation

What's in a nation? There are 55 countries between our sunny little office and the Arctic Ocean over Canada. Almost a billion people call the land between home. What separates them, beyond

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According to a Princeton Study, the Price of Happiness is…

There are a half-dozen cafés within a block or two of our apartment. One serves terrible coffee...but in a pleasing enough environment. Another has an excellent WiFi connection...but waiters that

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What Would the Founding Fathers Have to Say About Modern America?

It's a warm summer's day here in the city. Too hot to talk about systemic collapse (our theme of late—see Parts I and II). We'll revisit that next week. But for now...Birds sing in the